When Adrian and Marte, founders of Desserto realised the fashion industry was the second-largest polluter in the world, with cow leather as the main material used to make our shoes, belts and other clothing, they sought to create a more sustainable material and this is how cactus leather was born.
Leather coming from a cow requires a lot of water, up to 1800 gallons of water per year, per cow. This doesn’t include the tanning process which uses even more water, followed by the toxic chemical treatment which is harmful to our environment.
As cactus is the most abundant plant in Mexico, the answer was right in front of them. Cactuses do not require a lot of water to grow and actually absorb carbon dioxide so they are good for the environment! The best part is that they don’t kill the cactus plant, but simply trim it’s leaves like a ‘haircut’ and let the plant continue to grow.